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Bradford West (House of Commons)
Mr George Galloway MP (Respect Party)
PO Box 167
MP Since - 2012 Majority - 18,341 Born - 16/08/1954, remarried (Putri Gayatri Pertiwi), 2 sons, 1 daughter.
Education - Harris Academy, Dundee.
Previous Occupation - Engineering Worker, Garden Works, Dundee (1972), Michelin Tyres (1973). Labour Party Worker (1977-83), Director of Asian Voice Ltd. General Secretary of War on Want (1983-87). TGWU member.
Personal Overview - Old-style left-winger with a certain manic quality which masks a strong debating style and unproven ability. With a radicalism lending to support for Saddam Hussein, and Yasser Arafat, he was probably the most off-message Labour MP. His move to set up his own 'Respect' party should not therefore be taken as a surprise. Post Iraq war anti Government sentiment and his strong campaigning style led him to victory in the East London Bethnal Green & Bow seat and most recently in Bradford West. He spent his parliamentary career as a Labour MP on the backbenches, strongly opposing the war with Iraq and making criticism of the party leadership. He undertook legal proceedings against the Daily Telegraph in 2003 after it printed an article claiming he received money from the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein. He was suspended from the Labour Party in June 2003 pending internal party investigations, following complaints that he had brought the party into disrepute during the Iraq crisis. Founded the 'Respect' Party in 2004 and successfully won the Bethnal Green seat in the 2005 General Election. The Parliamentary Commissioner for standards recommended he be suspended from Parliament for 18 days in July 2007 over his comments concerning the inquiry into the Mariam Appeal charity and it's funding. His suspension was later confirmed by Parliament. In January 2010 he was deported from Egypt, he had been attempting to go to Gaza to assist members of a humanitarian convoy. Following boundary changes he unsuccessfully stood for the Poplar and Limehouse seat at the 2010 General Election. He was an unexpected winner at the 2012 Bradford West by-election on a very large vote swing, showing once again his ability to motivate with his anti-war message.
Political History - MP Glasgow Hillhead (1987-97). MP Glasgow Kelvin (1997-2005). MP Bethnal Green & Bow (2005-10). General Election candidate for Poplar and Limehouse (2010). Scottish Parliament candidate for the Glasgow Region (2011).
MP Bradford West (2012-). Ex-Chairman of the Scottish Labour Party (1981-82), member of the Scottish Executive Committee (1975-83). Joint Vice Chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party Foreign Affairs Committee (1987-91). Secretary of the All Party British-Iranian Group. Joint Vice Chairman of the Labour Parliamentary Party Foreign Affairs Committee (1997-2003). Member of the Broadcasting Select Committee (1997-2000). Founder member of the 'Respect Party' (2004-). Nominating Officer for the Respect Party.
Characteristics - Has the Hilal-e-Quaid-Azam and Hilal-i-Pakistan awards for services to Democracy and the People of Pakistan and Kashmir (1990 & 1996). Was a contestant in the 'Celebrity Big Brother' Television show in January 2006.
Business Tel: 020 7219 3000
Interests: Foreign Affairs,Law & Order,Human Rights
Yorkshire and the Humber (European Parliament)
Ms Rebecca Taylor MEP (Liberal Democrat)
MEP Since - 2012 Born - 10/08/1975.
Education - Robinwood and Todmorden High schools. University of Sheffield. University of Leeds (BA in Japanese and Management Studies). University of Kent (MA in International Relations). Kings College London (MA in Public Health).
Previous Occupation - Public affairs assistant, Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association Europe (1998-2000). Web Editor/Journalist, IMS Health, Brussels, Belgium (2000-2001). Information and communications officer, Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union, Brussels, Belgium (2002-2005). External Communications Manager at the International Federation of Animal Health (IFAH and IFAH-Europe), Brussels, Belgium (2005-2006). Consultant, Food, Health and Retail team at Fleishman-Hillard, Brussels, Belgium (2006-2009). Stakeholder Relations Manager, NHS Commissioning Support for London, London, UK (2009-2010). Senior Researcher at the International Longevity Centre - UK, London, UK (2010-2011). Account Director in the Healthcare team at Hanover Communications, London, UK (2011-2012).
Personal Overview - Replaced former MEP Diana Wallis in this seat in 2012 after she decided to stand down. Her family background stems from Todmorden in West Yorkshire where both her parents were former Mayors. She has a career background working in public affairs/communications both in the UK and in Brussels, as well as working in the health sector helping patients to improve NHS services. Politically, she is a third generation Liberal Party member and has shown a particular interest in public health issues. Her main areas of interest being malnutrition, childhood obesity, older peoples health, vaccination, and health inequalities. She has also been involved in health policy research as well as helping health sector organisations with their communications.
Political History - Local Party Executive member (2002-2005) and local Party Chair (2006-2008) of the Brussels and Europe Liberal Democrats. Liberal Democrat member (2002-). European parliamentary candidate for the Yorkshire and Humber region (2009). General Election candidate for Rotherham (2010). MEP Yorkshire & The Humber Region (2012-). Substitute member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (2012-). Member of the Committee on Legal Affairs (2012-).
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Business Tel: +32 (0)2 28 45201
Interests: Environment,Economic Regeneration,Public Health,Health & Safety,Employment,Youth Issues
- Legal Affairs (Member)
- Environment, Public Health & Food Safety (Substitute)
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